Road closures across Scotland as bad weather continues

Road closures across Scotland as bad weather continues
Road closures across Scotland as bad weather continues

A number of roads across Scotland were closed for a time on Saturday from adverse weather as the country continues to experience a record cold snap.

The A68 B6357 at Hundalee - Carter Bar near the English border had been closed since just after 3am on New Year’s Day in both directions due to heavy snowfall. It reopened on Saturday afternoon.

Problems were reported in the north of the country along the A939 at Cock Bridge (snow gate closure - northbound), Tomintoul (snow gate closure - southbound) and Granton on Spey - Dava (heavy snow – both directions).

The A96 Inverurie - Kintore road, meanwhile, was closed for a period on Saturday morning eastbound at Blackburn due to a snow blockage. In the west of Scotland, the A85 A828 Taynuilt - Connel was closed in both directions, and in the south west drivers were urged to travel with care due to very icy conditions on the A75 Newton Stewart - Glenluce road.

Eastern Scotland had also experienced problems, with the A1 A6093 Haddington - Thistly Cross road closed in both directions due to high winds. The road reopened a few hours later.

Football fixtures across Scotland were also been affected by bad weather. In the SPL, the Lanarkshire derby between Motherwell and Hamilton was called off after pipes at Fir Park burst, while the Falkirk vs St Johnstone game was also cancelled. All of the games in the first, second and third divisions were called off.

The chilly start to the new year follows the coldest December for more than a decade. Forecasters said temperatures will drop to minus 7C (19.4F) on Sunday as snow showers die out during the day. The freezing conditions are expected to continue well into next week.

Earlier this week, teachers Nicholas Rosedale, 37, from Marlborough in Wiltshire, and William Wilkinson, 34, from Inverness, both died in an avalanche in the Coire na Ciste area of the UK's highest mountain - Ben Nevis - on Wednesday, December 30.

Christopher Astill, 53, from Tideswell in Derbyshire, died following a separate avalanche at Liathach Ridge, Torridon, in Wester Ross an hour after the avalanche on Ben Nevis.

For all the latest on the weather and how it is affecting the roads, visit Traffic Scotland and the Met Office.

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